Paint Branch Educational Foundation


Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $2,500.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2015-2016

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

1. Grant: Competition Travel Scholarship – Christine Mitchell, Choral Teacher
This $500.00 mini-grant will help provide support to the Music Department by funding part of the costs associated with their trip. The Band and Chorus are traveling to Disney World in April 2016. The Marching Band will march in the Disney Parade and the Jazz Singers will perform at Epcot. In addition, the students will participate in instrumental and choral workshops.

An opportunity to perform in such a venue is rare but for these students, well deserved. Students will remember this opportunity always. Their hard work continues to keep music alive and respected here at Paint Branch.

2. Grant: Phenomenal Women Group – Karla Calloway – ED Cluster RTSE and Margaret Flagg – MCPS Social Worker
Paint Branch High School’s “Phenomenal Woman” group strives for education, understanding, and goal setting techniques for at-risk girls in the school. The $500 grant will be used to enhance social/emotional learning so the students will acquire skills to plan, organize, and look forward to what comes after High School. The students will brainstorm the topics for their meetings. Guest speakers form the community will be used to address the topics of interest.

This grant will enable these “Phenomenal Women” to encourage each other and support each other in order to become hopeful, responsible, and active members of their community. Our mission, our purpose is to provide an open forum to help these young women help themselves through education, discussion and modeling.

3. Grant: Boat Race vs. Springbrook IAPS Class – Morgan Kauffman, Science Teacher
The $500 grant will help fund materials and transportation to Martin Luther King pool to compete in a boat race against Springbrook High School. Paint Branch’s emerging scholars will design and build boats with the concept of reuse, reduce, and recycle while integrating concepts about properties of water, water quality, erosion due to water, and buoyancy.

Materials such as duct tape, hot glue, box cutters, gloves for hand protection, and water quality testing kits will be used by the students to practice testing water and perform actual testing at the pool. Students will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their boats while competing against our rival school, Springbrook.

4. Grant: Using Theater to Build Language Skills – Carole Raymond, ESOL Teacher
This $500 grant will pay for tickets to a live stage performance at the Olney Theater for students who are learning English as a second language. This grant will address the need to develop literacy in students who are learning English as a second language. This experience could stimulate an interest in theater which relates to literacy.

Students who are learning English as a second language benefit from numerous and varied opportunities to become immersed in language. Attending a live performance offers students another method by which they can connect with language. This provides an excellent exercise in listening and later expressing ideas, opinions, and reactions to the performance.

5. Grant: Science Expo – Samantha Candia, Science Teacher and Signature Coordinator
This $500 grant will help fund materials needed for the school wide science expo in spring 2016. Students in science classes at Paint Branch High School will get the opportunity to develop inquiry-based science projects that they will showcase at the 2016 Science Expo. Each science class will receive funding to develop a question/problem pertaining to their curriculum and will work on this project throughout the semester.

The Science Expo in the spring of 2016 is attended by middle school students in the Paint Branch Community as well as the community at large. Middle School students coming to Paint Branch will participate in an inquiry-based scavenger hunt throughout the science expo. This will allow students planning to attend Paint Branch to become more engaged in science and give them a glimpse of the high school science experience.